Shiels defends 'honest' responses

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Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has been stung by the reaction to his "honest account" of recent matches.

The Northern Irishman criticised the tactics of rivals Ayr United after Killie defeated the Irn-Bru First Division side 1-0 in the semi-final of the Scottish Communities League Cup final at Hampden. After losing 1-0 in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round to Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday, Shiels blamed Hibs' keeper Graham Stack for time-wasting.

The Killie boss claims his honesty has backfired on him to the extent that he sees it as a "fault" rather than a virtue. He told Press Association Sport: "I give an honest accurate account of how I see a football game and when I am asked questions I always give an honest answer. I don't like being evasive. I have to give a clear picture."

He added: "But I see that as a fault in myself because I am getting slaughtered. I was slaughtered for what I said about Ayr, which is 100% true, I got slaughtered for what I said on Saturday. It hurts when they do things like that

"I shouldn't take that personally but all I am doing is giving an honest account of how the game went and sometimes you have to talk about time-wasting if it is there and it has a major impact.

"And what I said was true, and people have to understand this. We did DVD analysis and their goalkeeper was on the ball for seven minutes and 25 seconds. It is 100% true. He was taking 18 seconds and 22 seconds from when the ball went behind for a goal kick, not him holding the ball.

"And when they scored it was alarming how it went up. I was frustrated, not angry.

"I don't blame Graham Stack, I blame the fourth official and the referee, Iain Brines. We kept asking the fourth official to talk to the referee.

"Seemingly he did and the referee said that he told the centre-half to tell the goalkeeper. And that was the way they acted on it.

"I am not going to change but I am not allowed to talk about the opposition any more, that's the situation I have got myself into."

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